Dolores (Dee) Delaney was born January 26, 1932. She lived a full life of love and
giving in her 86 years before passing on July 28, 2018. Dee was born and raised
on a farm near Johnsburg, MN.  She grew up with her parents, Paul and Bertha,
and her two younger brothers Cliff and Chuck, who have all gone on to eternal
life. Dee attended school in Johnsburg, and graduated from the Good Counsel
Academy in Mankato. Her passion for helping others, led her to attend St. Mary’s
School of Nursing. Dee worked at St. Mary’s and Mayo Clinic for many years,
serving her community with love and compassion. Her career shifted to family
when she married Pat Delaney in 1957, and they had 5 children together; (Tim
Delaney, Renee (Tom) Walker, Karen Delaney, Mary (Jason) Koehler, and Paula
Delaney. Dee nurtured and taught her 11 grandchildren and 8 great
grandchildren the love of God, love of one another, and love for the world of
nature. Dee’s passion for Christ inspired her to the lay ministry, and she
graduated from the Institute of Lay Ministry (The Institute of Lay Formation)
where, “I grew in knowledge of the richness of the Catholic faith.” She served her
community and parish ministry in many and varied roles. Dee could often be found
amid piles of fabric creating quilts for the needy that have made their way across
the country. Dee was overjoyed with the honor of being chosen first Grand
Marshall of the Viola Gopher Count, an honor well deserved. Her life was also
filled with the joy of being involved with the many events of her children, grand-
and great grandchildren…their greatest fan! In her challenge with cancer, Dee
was an inspiration to all who knew her. She was supported by the many prayers
and kindnesses of her friends and family, “you all gave me the courage to face my
challenges. I am most grateful to all of you, my family, and the Mayo Clinic medical
community for your love and caring. God has blessed me in many ways.” Dee will
be greatly missed, and will live on in the hearts of many and on the wings of the
monarch.
Funeral Mass is Thursday, August 2nd, 11 am at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church
in Eyota with Father Tim Biren officiating. Burial is at St. John’s cemetery in
Johnsburg, Minnesota at a later date. Visitation is Wednesday 5-8 pm at Holy
Redeemer Catholic Church in Eyota, and one hour prior to the service at the
church on Thursday. A rosary will be recited at 7:30 pm at the visitation on
Wednesday.
Schad & Zabel Funeral Home; Eyota, Minnesota  507-545-2020                        
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